So, after being intrigued about Zombieland as a TV series for quite some time now, it felt good to finally get around to watching the pilot. Unfortunately, it went ahead and killed any enthusiasm that I had for this series.
We are back with the same characters from the film; Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock (although they are now played by new actors), and the script is penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who also wrote the original film – so we should be in a fairly safe place to start off with. However, the dynamic between the characters is missing, the characterisation of the group is slightly off – with the most obvious problems being with Tallahassee and Wichita, and the humour now falls flat and feels like a very poor imitation of the original’s.
Zombieland was always intended to be a TV series, and I for one think that if handled correctly it could be very successful. The Zombie kill of the week joke from the film for example is ideal for a TV show and consequently is one of the features carried over into this new series. I’ll give the pilot credit where it’s due; it does resemble the film in spirit, even if the end result feels much, much cheaper.
My issues with the show’s weak sense of humour and lack of excitement are things which, however troublesome, could be addressed in the future. I have to say though that none of the cast particularly impressed me either, the acting wasn’t up to a lot and that’s a far bigger problem for the show. You can find the pilot on Amazon Instant/Love Film, and be sure to head on back here and tell me what you think. If the series gets the go ahead though, I for one will be giving it a miss .